In Acts 13:36, we see that King David served his generation by the will of God before he fell asleep; this is our generation and we must serve it in a way that God will be pleased. There is a reason why God has allowed you to be born at a time such as this. Don’t wish you were born at a different time in the past or in the future – No, this is the time you should be here and God sent you here now to be a healing balm to the social sickness in our generation – to be an answer to questions and a solution to problems. YOU ARE NOT HERE BY MISTAKE!
I know you may have many things that are not going the way you want in your life and relationships. You aren’t alone. We all often get absorbed in our pain and problems that we forget to just pause and realize that their are many millions worse off than us. These millions of ‘needy’ people are not in some remote parts of the world; they are in our neighborhoods, on our streets and in our city. There are many in hospitals, dying for want of money for a particular treatment or from just the want of attention and affection. All around us are the neglected, the hungry, the sick, naked, displaced, homeless and helpless – yes, all in our tech-savvy, social media driven generation. There are many bound by addictions to illegal substances, many youths struggle with a sense of identity and are lured into street gangs and school cults – yes, this is our generation. The saying goes, “I was complaining I had no shoes until I saw someone without legs.” Who is going to reach out? Who is going to help this people? Who is going to save this generation from being lost?
Allow God to share some of His burden for ‘my’ generation with you – open your heart to receive His burden. For once, look away from yourself and your needs, and fold your sleeves to serve. There is a ‘buffet’ of needs on the table and you can make your pick – illiteracy, poor health, drugs problems, poverty, housing, injustice, sex trade, child slavery, sexual perversion, lack of potable water, environmental degradation, waste management, and the list is endless.
Paul the Apostle wrote a quite striking admonition to his protege, Titus, “This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men.” (Titus 3:8) Those of us who are believers should live as ambassadors of God in our world. We should extend His love and compassion, we should go where Jesus would love to go, touch those He would love to touch and bring physical, emotional and social healing where it is most needed. Don’t let’s pretend that all is well around us or ignore the obvious needs. Do something, no matter how little it is. In fact, you can get a group of like-minded people or friends to take on a social problem and deal with it. Proverbs 14:21 says, “He who despises his neighbor sins; but he who has mercy on the poor, happy is he.”
David began as a young boy, who chose to use what he had (stone and sling) to do what he could to make a difference for his people and saved a generation. He later became a king and did many great things. Start where you are with what you have and do what you can – and God will honor you; He will promote you and take you to places. Don’t die until you have served your generation according to the will of God.
BY: Pastor Wale Afelumo
READINGS: Galatians 2:9-10. Psalm 41:1-3.
Remember: Proverbs 19:17_ “When you help the poor, you are lending to the Lord and He pays wonderful interest on your loan.” The Living Bible